Green Bay Postal Service Hosts Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Gladys Abbott
May 13, 2018

Last year, more than 75 million pounds of food nationally were collected nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people.

Staff say they had 16 tons of food last year and they hope to exceed that this year. The year before, a record 80 million pounds of food were donated.

Among the participants is the local Branch 481 of the National Association of Letter Carriers from Parkersburg, Vienna, Ravenswood, Williamstown, St Marys, Paden City, Sistersville and New Martinsville.

The volunteer effort was a part of the 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which collects food for local food banks. Letter carriers will pick up donation and they will bring it here to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

"Think you might forget?" The carrier will do the rest. "Put it out Monday".

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Picking up nonperishable items along their routes, city and rural carriers in Elyria collected about 18,000 pounds of food for the city's Salvation Army, 716 Broad St.

-Shelf stable items like peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned protein, vegetables/fruit in a can, cereals, and cookies.

This postal drive brought in 6,000 pounds of donated items previous year.

With so much food to carry around, things get pretty heavy for the letter carriers. Us as mail carriers, we see the need everyday. Customers can leave the bagged items near their mailbox. There is no specific type of bag that should be used; a common paper or plastic grocery bag is accepted. In other words, it stays local.

Saturday help is needed at the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank and the Post Office Dock to help sort the bags of food that come in.

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